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There are millions of people on the move around the world today. Depending on the time of year, there could be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to over a million people in the sky at any given moment. That is the population size of a small country, and that is not counting people mobilizing on land and across the seas at the same time.
What drives us to do this, to move cities, countries, or continents, be it for the short run or the long run? And how do we make sense of notions of home, belonging and identity in those circumstances? These questions have occupied many before us, and we attempt to explore them in this issue.
The Home Issue is primarily the sum of submissions of writers, artists and photographers of different backgrounds, who tell us how home looks like from a distance for them, and how they have come to understand or construct themselves in the context of being away. We hear from people who have migrated for their studies, with their parents, economic migrants, refugees and more.
We also hear from those who did not necessarily migrate themselves, but who are nonetheless in search of feelings of ‘home’ for variety of reasons, including nostalgia, heartbreak, or loss, showcasing the wideness of the concept of home.
Our cover features Saufeeya Goodson, a social media personality with dual heritage, which was shot by up and coming Bahraini photographer Mohammed Talha. In a conceptual film produced by Sekka, and filmed and directed by the rising Bahraini videographer Elias Madan, we depict Saufeeya’s journey as she identifies home.
As always, we are passionate about sharing the story of our region. So, if you have a story, that you’d like to share with the world, feel free to get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org .
We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to The Merchant House in Bahrain for sponsoring the production of our cover story, and for supporting talents from our region.
We hope that you enjoy the content we have curated for you.
All our love,
Manar and Sharifah Alhinai